Waterford and Tipperary played out a draw in Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship in Limerick – but one moment, in particular, will be the topic of much debate.
Starting defeat, and probable elimination, in the face, Tipp began to recover in the second half against a Waterford side that had looked in control but were beginning to panic.
With less than ten minutes remaining, the ball was launched towards the Waterford goal. Austin Gleeson went to catch but fumbled the ball, before he was able to recover and claw it away before it crossed the line.
Officially, however, the ball did cross the line as, incredibly, the umpires awarded Tipp the goal despite the furious protestations of Waterford keeper Stephen O’Keeffe and his teammates.
Incredible drama at the Gaelic Grounds!@TipperaryGAA right back in it after a goal is given from this Jason Forde free. Looks like the Umpire gave it! Over the line??#MSHC #GAA pic.twitter.com/bxlNNGQyfv
— eir Sport (@eirSport) June 3, 2018
The referee trusted his umpires and awarded the goal but, for all intents and purposes, it didn’t cross the line:
That is a bad, bad call pic.twitter.com/LIwY3D9dZf
— Mikey Stafford (@me_stafford) June 3, 2018
— Seanie (@Spinitg) June 3, 2018
Wow! That was never a goal. Going to be a very controversial talking point of Tipp go on to win.
— John O’Shea (@JohnOShea1993) June 3, 2018
Never a goal !
— Jackie Cahill (@cahilljackie) June 3, 2018
The controversy of the goal aside, a 14-man Tipp side deserve kudos for clawing back the deficit and earning a draw against last year’s defeated All-Ireland finalists, 2-22 apiece.